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How to write a short story

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March 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm

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If you were a wink, I’d be a nod

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A good song from a good movie…to practice (BrE: practise) second conditionals, you know, that kind of ‘if sentence’ we use when we talk about unreal, impossible or hypothetical situations.

If+ the verb in simple past, would/could/might + bare infinitive (a ‘bare infinitive’ is an infinitive without ‘to’). In formal English we say If I/he/she were, instead of ‘was’. However, in common/plain/colloquial English we do use ‘if I was’…Check it out below:

If I was a ____ growing wild and free / All I’d want is you to be my sweet _____ _____ /And if I was a tree growing tall and green / All I’d want is you to shade me and be _____ _____

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All I want is you, will you be my _____ / Take me by the hand and stand by my _____ / All I want is you, will you stay with me? / Hold me in your arms and sway me like the _____

If you were a _____ in the mountains tall / The rumble of your water would be my _____ / If you were the _____, I know I’d be the _____ / Just as long as you were with me, let the cold winds blow

If you were a _____, I’d be a _____ / If you were a _____, well I’d be a _____ / If you were the _____, I’d wanna be the _____ / And if you were a _____, I know I’d be a _____

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If you were the _____, I’d be the _____ / If you were the _____, I’d be the _____ / If you were a _____, I’d be your _____ / And if you were an _____, I’d learn to _____

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Answers here (but don’t cheat)

ARE YOU A TEACHER? Lesson plan here.

Written by ElenaBen

March 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm

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Closed for holidays

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Or almost

…Spring Break: Fallas & Easter.

Be right back…(in a week or so)

Written by ElenaBen

March 17, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Cell phone etiquette

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  • What’s the problem?
  • What would you do in the same situation?
Some vocab for you:
Incoming calls MISSED calls caller ID display COVERage DEAD battery VIBRATE mode VOICE mail DEAD spots poor RECEPTION ringtone
  • How’s your cell phone etiquette? Test it here.

Written by ElenaBen

March 12, 2008 at 12:07 am

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Computer/Internet English

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This video might be useful because it shows situations in which we use vocabulary related to computers or Internet: log in, sign up, log off, browse, scroll down…Oops, most of them are formed with those creepy Phrasal Verbs…

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March 10, 2008 at 11:22 pm

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Voiced? Voiceless? Is she speaking English?

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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, DO this for me. Close the doors, ask people to leave you alone or they’re going to think you went nuts. But it’s the only way you can begin to UNDERSTAND why we pronounce this and not that in English. Many rules in English pronunciation are based on the difference voiced vs voiceless. For instance, the way the past participle -ed is pronounced.
Put your hand on your throat and say “p” and then “b”…in which one do you feel like a vibration in your neck/throat? With ‘p’ there’s no vibration, with ‘b’ there is a vibration in your vocal chords. If there’s a vibration, that sound is called ‘voiced’. If not, it’s voiceless. All vowels are voiced.

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March 10, 2008 at 9:08 am

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That ‘ed’ of yours gives me the creeps…;)

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Written by ElenaBen

March 10, 2008 at 9:07 am